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The Rochester Hills Public Library is pleased to offer specialized resources for our customers in many World Languages, learning English (ELL), achieving citizenship, improving basic literacy / reading skills, and speaking and reading in a language other than English and feature films from around the world with English subtitles .

International Language Collection
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The Adult International Language Collection includes books of fiction and non-fiction by many popular authors in the following eighteen world languages.
Arabic Bengali Chinese French German Gujarati
Hindi Japanese Kannada Korean Marathi Panjabi
Polish Russian Spanish Tamil Telugu Vietnamese
Resident library card holders will be able to request books in many more languages if they are available to borrow by going to Michigan eLibrary / MelCat (the statewide library catalog and borrowing service). Select the language in Advanced Keyword Search.
International Language Resources in Michigan
lists books and periodicals in international languages by library
Youth World Language Collection
The Youth World Language Collection is available in print as well as audio; videocassette, DVD, talking books and multimedia kits in either CD or cassette format. Languages include:
Albanian Arabic Chinese Croatian Dutch French
German Greek Gujarati Hebrew Hindi Italian
Japanese Korean Latin Portuguese Punjabi Russian
Spanish Tagalog Tamil Urdu Vietnamese
Foreign Language Magazines for Adults
For recreational reading the following fifteen foreign language magazines for Adults are also available:
Aval Vikatan (Tamil) Cheng Ming (Chinese) Chitralekha (Guajarati)
Focus (German) Hola! (Spanish) Huang Guan/Crown (Chinese)
India Today (English) Maher/Mahera (Marathi) Mangayar Malar (Tamil)
Ogonek (Russian) Paris Match (French) People (Spanish)
Sarita (Hindi) Sudha (Kannada) Swati/Svati (Telugu)
Foreign Language Magazines for Youth
Youth magazines in other languages are also available for check out. Click on the title of the magazine to search the library catalog for available issues. Language magazines include:
Allons-y! (French) Chandamama (Hindi magazine in English) Das Rad (German)
Janhamamu (Hindi) Que Tal? (Spanish)
World Cinema Collection
Our World Cinema Collection has a large number of DVDs with outstanding award winning and popular feature films from around the world in more than thirty languages and they all have English subtitles!
If you are interested in learning another language or improving English language skills there are many language learning materials available in books, audio, video and online databases http://www.rhpl.org/research/information-by-topic/310-languages
Citizenship Preparation
Citizenship resources
The citizenship collection provides materials to guide prospective U.S. citizens through the naturalization process. A collection of online resources for citizenship preparation, practical information on life in the United States and immigration law, news, and procedures is available on the Immigrant Resources topic page.




English Language Learning (ELL) Collections

There are ELL and basic Literacy Collection in Adult Services Languages collection for adults who are trying to learn English as second language and improve their reading or English language skills. Books, audio tapes and DVDs are available to check out, and many Literacy Resources are available on the Internet.

Learning English Websites


(Audio is also available)


(Activities for ESL students)


(ESL for kids)



Self Checks

Customers can easily checkout all types of library materials on the self-check units. Directions for checking out materials are currently available in English, Spanish, German, Tamil and Russian with more languages coming soon.

Literacy Organizations

Oakland Literacy Council provides a free one-to-one basic program in basic literacy and ESL for adults in Oakland County
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for registration and scheduling information, sample questions, and tip
RACE English as a second language (ESL) classes from Rochester Adult Education

Resources for Teachers and Students

**MUZZY online language learning system - NEW!**
Dave's ESL Cafe for ESL/EFL students and teachers
English as a Second Language
a starting point for students and their teacher
Oakland Community College many useful ESL links for students and teachers

Student Activities

Activities for ESL Students quizzes, exercises and puzzles
Adult Learning Activities
short, practical articles to improve reading and listening
BBC World News
for English language learners
Business English Courses quizzes and exercises for English language practice
Everyday English in Conversation
listen and practice everyday conversations
GED preparation books at the Rochester Hills Public Library
Guide to Online MBA useful business English exercises
LearningExpressLibrary GED preparation and practice tests and U.S. citizenship exam preparation for resident library cardholders
Interesting Things for ESL Students a fun study site for ESL students
Owl ESL Resources an online writing lab for ESL students
TOEFL Study Guides at the Rochester Hills Public Library
TV411 interactive lessons to help adults gain basic reading and writing skills
Voice of America provides radio transcripts and audio files of news about American Life and world affairs so that ESL learners can read along as they listen.

Tips for Tutors

English as a Second Language literacy resources for the teacher from the National Literacy Institute
The Internet TESL Journal monthly web journal with articles, research, lesson plans and teaching idea

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